Valiant has a smart approach to introducing new series into its expanding line-up. Whether it be through established on-going series or big scale events, new character series tend to lift off from #0 issues or one-shots that test the waters to see if they catch on (as was the case with War Mother). This is exactly how one of Valiant’s new April releases, Punk Mambo #1, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Adam Gorham, is coming about.
Punk Mambo is a British voodoo priestess that carries herself like a 20th century punk rock veteran, Mohawk and cigarettes included. There is an air of Constantine about her as she hopes to bring punk’s own brand of anarchy to the American South. She’s taken up the Louisiana Bayous as her stomping grounds, which already sets the character in a storied context that comes with its own culture of dark magic. Add a man called Joe Mayhem into the mix, a voodoo priest that preyed on kids to fuel his immortality, and you’ve got a story that looks to make no apologies for dropping so much punk into its voodoo.
The character first appeared in Shadowman #13, part 1 of the Fear, Blood, and Shadows story arc. She also appeared alongside Ninjak in a story that features the Deadside, Valiant’s version of the spirit world. We then get Punk Mambo #0, by Peter Milligan and Robert Gill, which sets up a future series all of her own. Here we get a look at her persona, her origins, and what her worries are regarding the state of punk in the 21st century. At one point in the Shadowman comics she claims Sid Vicious is her spirit guide and expresses a longing for the days where punk used to be dangerous.
Punk Mambo #1 is stated for release on April 24th, 2019. Official PR and covers follow.
PUNK MAMBO #1 (of 5)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Punk Variant Cover by DAN BRERETON
Blank Cover Also Available
- New series, new digs, same Punk attitude!
- From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying tale.
- Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire.
- In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 24th
Ricardo Serrano is a Social Studies teacher with a Master’s Degree in Comic Books from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He’s also the co-creator of Se Habla Comics, a Puerto Rican podcast geared towards Spanish-speaking comic book readers.